New proposals to develop the centre of Northallerton will be unveiled to the public later this month.
Hambleton District Council is part of a task force which was established to respond to the closure of two of the town’s biggest employers – the prison and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – this group has already helped to limit the immediate impact on the town by helping people to find new jobs, access training or move to self- employment.
And it sees the sites the two services occupied as offering considerable potential to make a positive long term impact on the town.
Council leader Mark Robson said:
“Whilst news of the Prison and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) closing dealt a blow to the town we saw it as a chance to strengthen the economy of the town.
“We moved quickly – commissioning consultants IBI Taylor Young to look at the most appropriate uses of the sites.
“And they are being considered together with the Fire Station and Crosby Road car park sites as they could also come forward for development subject to alternative provisions being made.
“This is very exciting for Northallerton – we have the opportunity to make a massive difference to the town centre for both residents, businesses and visitors.”
The Central Northallerton Masterplan includes a range of options that will complement the High Street and offer a mix of employment, leisure and retail uses.
They will be developed with the input of key agencies and the landowners.
The options will also be tested out with developers to ensure they are attractive to the market and can realistically be delivered.
And on February 20 the Council is seeking input from the local community, High Street businesses and other interested parties.
The options will be on display at the Golden Lion on the from 3pm – 7pm. Representatives from IBI Taylor Young and the Council will be on hand to explain the proposals.